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Four Color Politics

Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Quotes of the Morning: Dirty Sanchez

“U.S. SENATOR JACK REED (D-RI): General Sanchez, today's USA Today, sir, reported that you ordered or approved the use of sleep deprivation, intimidation by guard dogs, excessive noise and inducing fear as an interrogation method for a prisoner in Abu Ghraib prison. Is that correct? SANCHEZ: Sir, that may be correct that it's in a news article, but I never approved any of those measures to be used within CJTF-7 at any time in the last year.”
-General Sanchez testimony before Congress, May 19, 2004

“A memo signed by Lieutenant General Ricardo A. Sanchez authorizing 29 interrogation techniques, including 12 which far exceeded limits established by the Army’s own Field Manual, was made public for the first time by the American Civil Liberties Union today.
‘General Sanchez authorized interrogation techniques that were in clear violation of the Geneva Conventions and the Army’s own standards,’ said ACLU attorney Amrit Singh. ‘He and other high-ranking officials who bear responsibility for the widespread abuse of detainees must be held accountable.’
The Sanchez memo dated September 14, 2003, specifically allows for interrogation techniques involving the use of military dogs specifically to ‘Exploit(s) Arab fear of dogs…,’ isolation, and stress positions.”
-ACLU, March 29, 2005

“Huh.. I could have sworn that the time between September to May was less than a year, and it certainly sounds like he approved the measures. When are we going to prosecute these people for lying before Congress? I mean it. Clinton was impeached and vilified for years for much less than this. Now for a few words from my favorite President (and I say that with no irony or snarkiness at all).”
-Skippy


“They [the clergy] believe that any portion of power confided to me, will be exerted in opposition to their schemes. And they believe rightly; for I have sworn upon the altar of god, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. But this is all they have to fear from me: and enough, too, in their opinion.”
-Thomas Jefferson to Dr. Benjamin Rush, Sept. 23, 1800

“Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined and imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity.”
-Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782

“But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”
-Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782

“Where the preamble declares, that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed by inserting ‘Jesus Christ,’ so that it would read ‘A departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion;’ the insertion was rejected by the great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mohammedan, the Hindoo and Infidel of every denomination.”
-Thomas Jefferson, Autobiography, in reference to the Virginia Act for Religious Freedom

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